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Shifting logics: Limitations on the journey from 'state' to 'market' logic in UK higher education

Alexander, Elizabeth; Phillips, Wendy; Kapletia, Dharm

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Authors

Elizabeth Alexander

Dharm Kapletia



Abstract

© Policy Press 2018. Our study of UK higher education institutions (HEIs) offers insights into the role of institutional logics in the adoption of organisational practices - specifically outsourcing. We identify two logics prevalent within HEIs: a public service 'state logic' and a 'market logic'. While adherence to the market logic supports commercial-based practices such as outsourcing, organisations enact competing logics in complex ways. Outsourcing is mainly limited to peripheral activities segmented from the core while a nascent cooperative solution is emerging as HEIs co-opt practices and discourse of outsourcing to justify hybrid relationships that marry competing logics in a process of selective coupling.

Citation

Alexander, E., Phillips, W., & Kapletia, D. (2017). Shifting logics: Limitations on the journey from 'state' to 'market' logic in UK higher education. Policy and Politics, 46(4), 551-569. https://doi.org/10.1332/030557317X15052077338233

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 15, 2017
Online Publication Date Sep 15, 2017
Publication Date Oct 31, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 16, 2018
Journal Policy and politics
Print ISSN 0305-5736
Electronic ISSN 1470-8442
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 4
Pages 551-569
DOI https://doi.org/10.1332/030557317X15052077338233
Keywords strategic sourcing, institutional logics, higher education, outsourcing, organisational practices, university, NPM, marketization
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/879298
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1332/030557317X15052077338233
Additional Information Additional Information : This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Policy & Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [Alexander, E., Phillips, W. and Kapletia, D. (2017) Shifting logics: Limitations on the journey from ‘state’ to ‘market’ logic in UK higher education. Policy & Politics, 46 (4). pp. 551-569. ISSN 0305-5736] is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557317X15052077338233.

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This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Policy and Politics The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557317X15052077338233







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